Fulbright’s bright lights
Colombia and Azerbaijan are experiencing Marquette spirit with Fulbright Student Award winners Olanrewaju Awosika and Robert Borowik working as English teaching assistants and cultural ambassadors for the United States. The same rich cultural swap that sent Marquetters overseas and put philosophy professor Dr. Richard Taylor on the road for a summer in Istanbul also brought Hungarian researcher Dr. Éva Petrás to campus for much of the fall term.
Olanrewaju Awosika, a senior majoring in Spanish for the health professions in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, is at Universidad Simón Bolívar in Barranquilla, Colombia. “Since I hope to attend graduate school for public health, I am interested in a community project that promotes health education or raises health awareness,” Awosika says.
Robert Borowik, a senior triple majoring in secondary education, history and economics in the College of Education, is in Azerbaijan. “I specifically chose Azerbaijan because it was formerly part of the Soviet Union. Ideally I would like to attend graduate school to study Eastern European history after my Fulbright service ends,” he says.
Dr. Éva Petrás, a researcher at the historical archives of Hungarian State Security, is studying the works of former Marquette Professor of Philosophy Bela Kovrig, which are part of the collection of the Slavic Institute at Raynor Memorial Libraries. Kovrig was a sociologist and politician in Hungary before emigrating to the United States in 1948. “I plan to reconstruct Kovrig’s life between his arrival in the United States in 1948 and his death in 1962. … It is my firm belief that this will contribute to the rediscovery of an undeservedly forgotten scholar, his works and thoughts,” Petrás wrote on her Fulbright application. Her visit is hosted by Raynor Memorial Libraries.
Dr. Richard Taylor, a Marquette professor of philosophy, taught and conducted research at Marmara Ilahiyat, the divinity school campus of Marmara University in Istanbul, the experience made possible by the Fulbright Council for International Exchange of Scholars. — JMM
These Fulbright holders follow the path set by faculty and students who traveled far to extend the boundaries of their study and research.
- Faculty at Marquette have earned 89 Fulbright Core awards since 1952, beginning with Dr. Donald Gallagher of philosophy, who traveled to Belgium.
- The first student Fulbright award winner was Peter C. Smith, Arts ’65, who studied in the Philippines in 1965.
- Since Smith’s “first” for Marquette, another 35 students have claimed Fulbright Student Grants to study internationally.